(Beer"i*ness) n. Beery condition.
(Beer"y) a. Of or resembling beer; affected by beer; maudlin.
(Beest"ings) n. Same as Biestings.
(Bees"wax`) n. The wax secreted by bees, and of which their cells are constructed.
(Bees"wing`) n. The second crust formed in port and some other wines after long keeping. It
consists of pure, shining scales of tartar, supposed to resemble the wing of a bee.
(Beet) n. [AS. bete, from L. beta.]
1. (Bot.) A biennial plant of the genus Beta, which produces an edible root the first year and seed the
2. The root of plants of the genus Beta, different species and varieties of which are used for the table,
for feeding stock, or in making sugar.
There are many varieties of the common beet (Beta vulgaris). The Old "white beet", cultivated for its
edible leafstalks, is a distinct species
(Beete, Bete) v. t. [AS. betan to mend. See Better.]
1. To mend; to repair. [Obs.] Chaucer.
2. To renew or enkindle [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Bee"tle) n. [OE. betel, AS. bitl, btl, mallet, hammer, fr. beátan to beat. See Beat, v. t.]
1. A heavy mallet, used to drive wedges, beat pavements, etc.
2. A machine in which fabrics are subjected to a hammering process while passing over rollers, as in
cotton mills; called also beetling machine. Knight.
(Bee"tle) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beetled (-t'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Beetling.]
1. To beat with a heavy mallet.
2. To finish by subjecting to a hammering process in a beetle or beetling machine; as, to beetle cotton
Beetle mite (Zoöl.), one of many species of mites, of the family Oribatidæ, parasitic on beetles. Black
beetle, the common large black cockroach
(Bee"tle), n. [OE. bityl, bittle, AS. bitel, fr. bitan to bite. See Bite, v. t.] Any insect of the
order Coleoptera, having four wings, the outer pair being stiff cases for covering the others when they
are folded up. See Coleoptera.
(Bee"tle), v. i. [See Beetlebrowed.] To extend over and beyond the base or support; to overhang; to
To the dreadful summit of the cliff
That beetles o'er his base into the sea.
Each beetling rampart, and each tower sublime.
(Bee"tle brow`) An overhanging brow.